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General Practice Experience Pathway – Requirements for Fellowship


1. General Practice Experience Pathway – Requirements for Fellowship Policy

1.1 Category: Education

1.2 Approval date: July 2020

1.3 Revision due date: July 2023

1.4 Unit responsible: Education Services


2. Policy declaration

Candidates on the General Practice Experience Pathway must meet the requirements detailed in this policy in order to be awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).


3. Background

3.1 Objectives

The objective of this policy is to describe the requirements for Fellowship for candidates on the General Practice Experience Pathway.


4. Definitions

  1. Advanced Life Support (ALS) has the meaning given in the Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support Guidance Document.
  2. Applicant means a candidate on the General Practice Experience Pathway who has successfully met all requirements under this policy and is applying for Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP).
  3. Basic Life Support (BLS) has the meaning given in the Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support Guidance Document.
  4. Candidate means a medical practitioner who has successfully met all entry requirements as outlined in the General Practice Experience Pathway Entry Policy, and has been accepted onto the General Practice Experience Pathway.
  5. Comprehensive Australian general practice has the meaning given in the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy.
  6. FRACGP means Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
  7. FTE means full time equivalent.
  8. Full time general practice experience has the meaning given in the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy.
  9. PEP means the Practice Experience Program.
  10. RACGP Fellowship examinations means the exams which, as determined by the RACGP, assess a candidate’s competency for unsupervised general practice anywhere in Australia. They include the:
    1. Applied Knowledge Test (AKT);
    2. Key Feature Problem (KFP); and
    3. Clinical Examination, which depending on the time of sitting, is the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), Remote Clinical Exam (RCE) or Clinical Competency Exam (CCE).


5. General principles

5.1 Assessment requirements

Candidates must pass all RACGP Fellowship examinations in line with the Fellowship Exam Attempts Policy.

5.2 Professional and ethical requirements

The RACGP reserves the right to withhold awarding FRACGP to an applicant if the RACGP reasonably considers the applicant:

  1. would be at risk of breaching Clause 27 of the RACGP’s Constitution; or  
  2. is generally unsuitable to hold FRACGP as detailed in the Fit and Proper Fellow Policy.

5.3 Administrative requirements

Candidates must:

  1. Hold current Australian medical registration from the date of commencing work in Australian general practice and throughout their candidature. Candidates must promptly disclose all details of any:
    1. restrictions on or changes to their medical registration; and
    2. regulatory authority activity, whether in Australia or otherwise, that:
      • has led or may lead to a restriction on practice; or
      • has led to an adverse finding for the medical practitioner, or forms part of an ongoing investigation.
  2. Be a financial RACGP member from the time of joining the General Practice Experience Pathway and throughout their candidature;
  3. Complete a Basic Life Support (BLS) course within the 12 months prior to applying for Fellowship, as per the Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support Guidance Document;
  4. Complete an Advanced Life Support (ALS) course within the four years prior to applying for Fellowship, as per the Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support Guidance Document;
  5. Have five years’ full time equivalent (FTE) general practice experience including one year in comprehensive Australian general practice experience, assessed as per the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy;
  6. Have seven years’ FTE postgraduate experience, assessed as per the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy; and
  7. Apply for FRACGP within three years of successful completion of the RACGP Fellowship examinations, or within one year of completion of all pathway requirements (whichever is the lesser).


6. Changing Fellowship pathway

Candidates can only be enrolled in one Fellowship pathway at a time. If a candidate seeks to participate in a different Fellowship pathway, they must first resign their candidature in their current pathway and apply for entry into the alternative pathway. If a change in pathway is accepted, the candidate must then meet all of the requirements of the new pathway to be awarded FRACGP.


7. Reconsideration

If a candidate believes that a decision regarding their attainment of, or eligibility for Fellowship has been made incorrectly, they may apply for reconsideration in line with the RACGP Reconsiderations and Appeals Policy.

An application for reconsideration must be submitted to the RACGP within ten national office business days of the date of the original decision.


8. Related policies, documents and legislation

All related policies are available here.

All related guidance documents are available here.


9. Administrative procedures

9.1 Access to published policy

This policy will be available via the RACGP website as detailed in clause 8.

9.2 Promulgation of published policy

Relevant staff members will be provided communications explaining the function and role of this policy.

9.3 Review of this policy

This policy will have a review cycle of three years.